This wonderful Bible or book protector shows off a gorgeous rose on briary stem with four more rose buds and many leaves. The theorem, circa 1840s, is painted on the cotton velvet cover. The cover is lined in silk, and it retains the original silk ribbon ties and silk straps for securing the Bible or book into the protective cover. The backside of the book cover is not decorated but the rose on the front side has heavily thorned brown and green stems and the flowers are an unusual color of apricot or salmon. The painting is still bright and lovely. The silk lining is one piece of cloth while the outer cover is seamed together to accommodate a book spine. There is some discoloring and soiling, especially on the back, but only on the edges and seams. There is some shredding of the silk on the inside edges, but overall, it is in great condition for its age. This collectible would be the perfect accessory for a sitting room or library! The protective cover is 9” by 16 1/2”, perfect for an 8” by 9” book with a 1/2” spine. The large rose is about 5” high.
Please see Theorem Painting in America for more information on this wonderful form of folk art.